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Feds will consider placing monarch butterfly on endangered list

Feds will consider placing monarch butterfly on endangered list

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: Pick Easy Plants: A. Zinnia angustifolia 'Crystal White' -- 3; B. Heliotrope (Heliotropium 'Marine') -- 2; C. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Brilliancy') -- 1

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: Plant in Yellow: A. Calibrachoa 'Superbells Saffron' -- 4; B. Marigold (Tagetes 'Discovery Yellow') -- 2; C. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes') -- 3; D. Lantana 'Lemon Drop' -- 3; E. Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) -- 1; F. Lollipop flower (Pachystachys lutea) -- 1; G. Creeping zinnia (Sanvitalia procumbens) -- 2

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: Go for the Blues: A. Petunia 'Supertunia Royal Velvet' -- 4; B. Salvia guarantica 'Black and Blue' -- 2; C. Angelonia 'Serena Lavender' -- 2; D. Nierembergia 'Purple Robe' -- 6; E. Nemesia 'Blue Lagoon' -- 6

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: Create a Fall Look: A. Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer') -- 1; B. Firecracker plant (Cuphea ignea 'David Verity') -- 3; C. Salvia splendens 'Hotline Red' -- 2

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: Try adding a vine: A. Zinnia haageana 'Persian Carpet' -- 2; B. Petunia 'Ultra Blue' -- 3; C. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Alabama Sunrise') -- 1; D. Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata) -- 1; E. Vinca 'Illumination' -- 2

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

Butterfly Container Garden Ideas: A. Bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare 'Rubrum') -- 2; B. Nasturtium (Tropaeoleum 'Scarlet Gleam') -- 4; C. Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas 'Tricolor') -- 1; D. Sage (Salvia officinalis) -- 1

Top Butterfly Container Garden Ideas

12 Perennials That Butterflies Love

Plant a Window Box for Butterflies: Lure butterflies to your deck or patio if garden space is scarce. Flowering delicacies, including lantana, verbena, pentas, sanvitalia, globe amaranth, zinnia, marigold, calibrachoa, & gaura, keep winged diners coming back for nectar all season to this sunny windowsill. Many butterfly species will lay their eggs on the curly parsley leaves, which provide an excellent source of food for the larvae or caterpillars.

Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat

How to make a homemade butterfly feeder

Butterflies -- identification guide -- Discover Life

Plant Butterfly Weed for Attracting Monarch, Swallowtail Butterflies

Butterfly Bush: How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Butterflybush

Sexing Monarch Pupae: Surrounding the cremaster (structure from which the pupa hangs) are a series of rings, called abdominal sternites. Within the first ring (9th abdominal sternite) are several paired black dots next to the cremaster; turn the pupa so that you are looking at these dots. If the monarch is a female, the ring adjacent to the 9th sternite will have a line dissecting it; this line (arrow on photo) will be centered b/w the pairs of dots. Male monarch pupae do not have this line.

Biology : Sexing Monarchs

Monarch Migration Plunges to Lowest Level in Decades -

Host Plants by Butterfly Species

Poster grows both Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander) and Z. aptera. I've never seen any BST (Black Swallowtail) eggs or cats on them, but I have used it for larval food, mostly for the larger cats. BST cats on Zizia aurea on left, Z. aptera on right ~ BST larval food discussion @ - and I like how she sets up her leaves to slow down drying

Homemade Butterfly Feeder~Use 4 parts water to one part sugar, and add over-ripe fruit. Bright colors will attract them.

Monarch Butterfly Annual Cycle: month-by-month where are monarchs and what are they doing?

Monarch Butterfly Roost on Long Island, New York

How to make your own "butterfly house"

Small-Space Butterfly Gardens

Monarch Caterpillars Eat Pumpkin? They're experimenting to see how well Monarchs do on pumpkin. If I'm understanding correctly, it seems the young caterpillars don't do well on pumpkin, but the older ones apparently tolerate it. Check out the orange frass in the pic! I'm still hoping to grow more milkweed though, but it's nice to know older caterpillars might make it on pumpkin.

Pumpkin - Emergency Large Monarch Caterpillar Food

HOW TO TELL WHEN YOUR CATERPILLAR IS ABOUT TO PUPATE INTO A CHRYSALIS: "A few minutes before the caterpillar pupates, it starts to move in an accordion or concertina motion. At this point, stay close! The skin will split just behind its head and it will continue to move and work its skin up toward its feet."

Reattaching and attaching a Pupa or Chrysalis for Emerging